If you are reading this, it’s because I care about you. I know sometimes when you hear someone say they care about you the first thing you think is, “I haven’t heard from them in months, and they say they care about me” or “She doesn’t even know me, how can she say she cares about me?”. Trust me, I get it, I have said the same thing. I struggle a lot with people saying “I love you” but you never really see any evidence. We all get busy with our daily lives. So many of us have full time jobs and families and at the end of the day, we just don’t have the time to express to people how we really feel.
This morning when my alarm went off at 4:30 am, as it does every morning M-F, I turned it off and said, “Ok God, I’m over this getting up at 4:30 am every day. I know it was my choice, but I’m so over it”.
My job is a good job. I’ve been here for twelve years, the longest I’ve ever been anywhere. The problem is that my job is not my calling. In the last few years I’ve learned more about myself and who I am than I have in a long time. Something that has always been important to me is my health and the health of my family. I have always tried to eat right and exercise and maintain a healthy weight, and for the most part I’ve done a pretty decent job.
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I turned 40 I can’t tell you how many people told me “It’s all down-hill from here”. I was told I would soon need glasses, I’d start gaining weight, get arthritis, high blood pressure and cholesterol and it was all inevitable, a part of getting old. I remember telling people even back then, “I don’t buy it. I don’t believe you have to fall apart just because you get older.”
My cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and overall health is just as good today, if not better, than it was when I was in my thirties. I will admit though, that over the years after I turned 40, and some even before that, I started to accept certain things as “normal” for someone my age. When my joints ached, or I had migraines three to four times a week, or when I was tired all day long and just didn’t have the energy to do much of anything, I figured it was all just inevitable.
After my dad died, I started really doing some soul searching. I decided that I was going to learn how to actually LIVE my life and get some enjoyment out of it, instead of just living to go to a job every day and wishing the week away in anticipation of the weekend. I prayed and asked God to show me what I could do that I would love doing and not wish the week away, not wish my life away. What I found was the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute where I got my Health Coach Certification. I found where I belonged. I have always loved health and wellness, and I’ve always naturally tried to share that with the people I spend time with, so it seemed like the most logical solution.
While learning from Dr. Sears I also came across Juice Plus. Juice Plus is fruit and vegetables in a capsule or a gummy and it has really changed my life in a lot of ways, not like Jesus, but in a really good way. I first ordered Juice Plus because Isaac does not eat fruit or vegetables. Once in a while I might get him to eat a vegetable or fruit, but never on a daily basis and never enough to really impact his health. So I got him on the child health study, because when I buy Juice Plus for me I get his free. The next step was getting him to eat it consistently.
It took a little while to get him in the habit of eating the Juice Plus every day, but once he did I started noticing subtle changes. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that he did not have his fall asthma issues that he normally has. Usually in the fall he struggles with his asthma so much that we end up having to refill his inhaler several times. Right now we have two unopened inhalers on our kitchen counter, because he kept looking at his same inhaler and saying it was getting low. That inhaler is still “getting low”. This is huge for him. There are many other benefits I’m seeing with him, but that is the biggest one.
Oh, and me? I rarely get a migraine anymore. I used to carry two things with me everywhere I went: Excedrin Migraine and Ibuprofen. I didn’t leave the house without them. Now I don’t even have ibuprofen or Excedrin in the house and I threw away my mini bottles that I used to carry in my purse. I honestly can not even remember the last time I even bought either of them, it’s been at least six months. I haven’t had joint pain to speak of, my sciatica nerve has not given me any trouble, and I have energy to spare most of the time. That’s not to say that I never get tired, just that I am sleeping better at night, so I don’t feel like I’m dragging all day.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve been having Salad in a Jar parties, and Wine and Wellness events and I’ve been trying my best to share Juice Plus and the path to good health in general with as many people as I can. Which brings me to why I’m writing this post today. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a little nervous about approaching people, even though I believe I have found something that really could help so many people. I am nervous because people don’t like it when their friends try to sell them something, and yeah, I am trying to sell you something. That’s just the truth. But it’s no different than when I first learned about grace. I wanted to share it with everyone I knew, and a lot of people weren’t ready to hear about it. A lot of people thought it was a phase and I would eventually “get over it”. I haven’t. I haven’t gotten over grace and I never will. I also will never “get over” learning how to heal myself naturally, or how to make sure I am taking the best care of myself that I possibly can, or trying to help other people learn that, too.
The bottom line is, if you’ve read this far I hope you hear my heart. I hope you hear that I just want to share something with you that I believe can change your health for the better and maybe even help you get off some medications.
I’ll finish with this. Juice Plus is not a miracle pill, and it’s not a quick fix. It is a lot like grace. It takes more time, and it takes some faith, but the results are lasting and real and visible. You can go to the doctor and get a shot or a pill that will help you feel better for a little while, but quite often it doesn’t address the underlying source of the problem, and it is rarely a cure. Good nutrition is the only thing that really addresses the source of most illnesses which is inflammation. I just felt like I needed to share this with you, I hope that it will help you if you are searching for answers about your health or if you just want to stay healthy as you age, or maybe like me you’re worried about your child who doesn’t eat well. I’m glad someone shared it with me.
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